1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible LXi 2.5 from North America
I do like the appearance, performance, fuel mileage, but why such a continued expense?
1st problem, neither remote start nor key would start, so towed to a repair facility.
Complete replacement of brake shoes, drums, pads, and rotors.
Inspection report of vehicle after purchase, indicating brake wear as above, plus all tie rod ends, lower control arms; yet to be corrected.
My additional find of rear passenger side spindle, hub installed, after spindle, used and obtained from an auto wrecker.
Transmission pan and inside timing belt cover; could be cam seal, oil leakage points.
I, now the owner, do find this car to be an eye catcher. All black exterior, tan interior, great sounding stereo, when FM stations get received.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 21st October, 2011
22nd Oct 2011, 16:00
The "continued expense" is most likely due to the fact that the vehicle is 14 years old and has 148,000 miles on it.
You have yourself a nice car, but parts are going to wear out.
30th Oct 2011, 22:06
I bought my '97 Sebring convertible in June with 144k for a mere 1600 bucks. The car took a sticker with no problem, and had only 950 miles put on it in the previous year. The paint was fair, tires were legal but crap, so I bought a used set at a salvage yard. It has the Mitsubishi 2.5LT, and it gets around 16MPG in the city.
I bought it as a cheap summer toy, and now it gets ready to transition to winter beater. I have put 1600 miles on it since June, and it has given me no trouble. I know things will break on it sooner, rather than later, but it's been a fun car to have as a first convertible, and worth every dollar I've spent on it.
When it craps out for good, I'll have no issue buying another one, maybe in the 99 or 2000 area, as long as it has the 2.5, and not the 2.7.
12th Dec 2016, 05:13
No, these cars weren't even nice when they rolled out of the factory.